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In Memory of

Wilma Lee McCown

December 15, 1939 - June 14, 2017

Obituary


Wilma was born in Braggs, Oklahoma on December 15, 1939. Braggs is in Muskogee County, so she really was an Okie from Muskogee. Wilma moved to California in 1944 with her family in search of a better life. Her parents Gule David Hall and Ida Susan Daley Hall along with 5 of her siblings landed in Laton, California. Mom was the eighth child born to G.D. and Ida and she was a twin. Her twin did not survive.

Wilma grew up playing in cotton and grape fields while her parents and older siblings...

Wilma was born in Braggs, Oklahoma on December 15, 1939. Braggs is in Muskogee County, so she really was an Okie from Muskogee. Wilma moved to California in 1944 with her family in search of a better life. Her parents Gule David Hall and Ida Susan Daley Hall along with 5 of her siblings landed in Laton, California. Mom was the eighth child born to G.D. and Ida and she was a twin. Her twin did not survive.

Wilma grew up playing in cotton and grape fields while her parents and older siblings worked chopping cotton and cutting grapes. She learned early lessons about life and what it meant to have a strong work ethic. Their meals came from the garden carefully tended by her father and the home style cooking done by her mother. Wilma would later tell stories about her mom raising chickens for eggs and to cook, often regaling her young children with stories about how their grandma could quickly dispatch the chicken when it was time to fry it up for dinner. Meals with fresh tomatoes, corn, okra, fried potatoes and cornbread were the norm.

Wilma went to grade school in Laton and graduated from high school in Benicia, CA in 1958 when GD got a job in the area and moved the remaining family which included her two younger brothers, also twins.

Wilma was greatly loved by many people for her wonderful sense of humor, her common-sense approach to life and her wisdom. She was wise beyond her years. She had an uncanny knack for sensing what people needed and when people were less than truthful. Wilma believed in speaking the truth and believed in hard work. She spent many years working as a waitress and bartender where she honed her people skills. Many people will remember her from the Pasttime and The Granary in Lemoore; from Rubacalva's in Hanford and from The Gateway in Three Rivers.

Wilma married young and raised three children, Tami Dawn (McCown) Crawford, Visalia; Gregory Carl (Lori Moore) McCown, Manteca; and Kristi Lynn (McCown) Bachman, Hanford. Most of that time was spent in Ventura and Lemoore. She married Donald Lee McCown in 1958 and they divorced in 1970. Wilma went about the business of raising her children alone, instilling a great work ethic and an even better sense of humor in her kids. Her laughter was loud and infectious, Wilma appreciated a good joke or story.

Wilma loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren; Justin Taylor McCown; Eric David Crawford; Brandon James McCown and Chelsea Rae (McCown) Horton. She had 5 great grandchildren; William Allen Crawford; Taylor Marie McCown; Justin James McCown; Kanick Alberto Sanchez; and Jackson James McCown.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents and 3 of her siblings, Wilbur (Gib) Hall of Stockton; Pete Hall of Hanford and Euline Hall Kruger of Lemoore & Pismo Beach. Her remaining siblings include; Marie Hall Frolin of Kenniwick Washington; Wanda (Hall) Borges and her husband Alfred of Pismo Beach; Christine (Hall) McElhaney of Hanford; Sam Hall and his wife Rita of Hanford; Gene Hall and his wife Dorothy of Hanford and David Hall and his wife Nelda of Ventura. Wilma had numerous nieces and nephews, many of whom she remained close to including; Glenda Weems, Joyce Vierra, Teri Felipe, Brad Felipe, Cynthia Taylor, Shanna Dondanville, Gina Hall and Dana Poe.

Wilma had many close and dear friends that enjoyed visiting, vacationing and laughing with her. One such person was Gregory "Butch" Dias and his family including his wife Alice and sons Darren & Gregory, owner of Delta View Farms. Mom worked at Delta View for 25 years. Once again, proving she loved a challenge, she taught herself bookkeeping and payroll processing at age 55 to work at Butch's dairy becoming part of the Delta View family.

Wilma enjoyed a good home cooked meal, traditional country music, a good glass of wine and spending time with her family. She would assure you, her life was full, fun and filled with love and laughter. She was healthy and active to the end and wouldn't want you to cry or mourn, but simply raise your glass, listen to a good country song and toast to a life well lived.